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THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD IS BROKEN

For more than a decade, the ethanol mandates (Renewable Fuel Standard) have not only failed to deliver on their goals, they’ve actually worked against them – an unfortunate case of good intentions gone bad.

Read on to learn where the policy went wrong and how we can fix it.

"First-generation biofuel was a mistake." - Al Gore

America's ethanol mandates have turned vast amounts of conservation lands—a collective area larger than the Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite national parks combined—into monoculture cropland intended for ethanol production. This massive land conversion displaces wildlife, depletes the soil of nutrients and reduces biodiversity.

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Every American who learns about the broken promises of the ethanol mandate takes us one step closer to reform.

Foreign biodiesel producers ♥ RFS, consumers not so much

You would think a policy that was supposed to promote American energy independence would, well, do that. But that’s not the case with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a policy that forces increasing amounts of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply.

Corn State Bullies Forcing the EPA’s Hand

A group of corn state senators decided to take political hostages over the EPA’s recent proposal to make modest reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel mandate, and it appears those strong-arm tactics have been rewarded.

5 Reasons Why S.517 Fails Consumers

Congress wants to put a band-aid on the failed RFS with S.517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would waive Clean Air Act Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) rules for E15 fuel—gasoline blended to contain 15 percent ethanol—allowing it to be sold during the summer months. Check out these 5 reasons why S.517 fails consumers and is another distraction from the already crippled RFS.

EPA Releases 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations

The EPA’s release of the proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) shows that the government is taking a step in the right direction towards fixing the broken policy.

Boaters tell President Trump: Fix the Broken Ethanol Mandates

Recently, a coalition of the nation’s top recreational boating and sport fishing organizations sent a letter to Washington urging rapid reform of the sinking RFS.

Ethanol Mandates: Driving Towards Higher Costs

A new AAA survey found that one in three U.S. drivers cannot pay for an unexpected car repair bill. With the average repair bill costing between $500 and $600, 64 million American drivers are at risk of going into debt should auto trouble strike.

Read This Before You Fuel Up This Winter

What’s worse than getting coal in your stocking? Having trouble with your engine-powered winter equipment, thanks to the ethanol mandates.

EPA Releases 2017 RVO Final Ruling

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 1.2 billion gallon increase in the amount of biofuel Americans must consume in their gasoline in 2017 compared to 2016. The final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) released today are higher than the volumes EPA proposed in May of this year by 428 million gallons.

Clearing the Air on the Ethanol Mandates
The G̶o̶o̶d̶, the Bad, and the Ugly: “The Ethanol Effect”

Environmentalists, farmers, conservatives and liberals may not always find common ground, but these unlikely allies do agree on one thing: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is broken — broken in many ways, for many people. The extent of the problem wasn’t apparent a decade ago, but now we can clearly see the unintended consequences of the RFS.

We believe that a smarter fuel future begins with reform of ethanol mandates.

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